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Rules
« on: August 28, 2016, 01:48:13 AM »
If you're going to read anything on this forum, read this.

First of I'd like to say that I do not like setting rules. if the human race could just for one moment show some decency towards each other, rules would be obsolete and we all would be happier.
We don't like wearing the admin / moderator badge, and we hate being obligated to put our extra permissions to use.
This is a totally unappreciated waste of time for everyone, while we all really have better things to do!

Below are some basic principles that are very clearly explained about what is okay and what not.

These rules / principles apply to the entire community, which includes the IRC network, forums, private messages, and any other potential future location where we decide to wander off to!
These rules apply to every single individual, including any admins, ops and mods. We are all equal here.

Extended mods and ops rules can be found in the respective boards, but they do not grant the privilege of neglecting the rules below, these are the rules we advise everyone to abide by, I don't think they are unreasonable.

Like literally everything on this entire platform, the rules are open for discussion, but only BEFORE breaking one.
If you do not agree, talk to an admin or mod about it BEFORE you break the rule and be ready to defend your idea when challenged.
This way, if you can convince us of your point of view, there will be no reason for you to break the rules as we will modify them appropriately.

Social and content

The Hacking Studio is an online hackerspace. We meet here to relax, chill, and do the two things we all love; hacking and learning.
Keep the posts in the correct boards, someone who picks locks might not want to see political opinions.

Quote
We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias...
The Mentor - A Hacker's Manifesto - 1986

Racism:
There is no room for racism and discrimination here. It is a childish and retarded mindset to hate someone based on what genes they have, what they believe in or what's between their legs.
EVERYTHING is open for discussion, and we will not disallow posts and comments about sensitive topics like religion or politics as long as you keep them in the correct section.
The only rule is that you have to respect each other. We understand not everyone agrees with each other, and that sometimes in the heat of the moment you can get frustrated and start raging, which is no problem at all.
But when that happens, you will remain respectful or you will be addressed about it.

Oversensitivity:
This is the opposite side of a discussion, do not victimize yourself over criticizm.
Tech people can be harsh towards one another because we're logic thinkers, someone telling you to "RTFM", or asking you if "you even know how to use a search engine?", can be experienced as offensive, but chances are very likely this is actually good advice.
Just because someone responds to you in a way that you perceive as "mean", does not mean they're personally attacking you.

Illegal stuff
Posting illegal stuff results in a direct ban from all our servers, including IRC.
There's other places on the internet that will appreciate this kind of content, as you wont be able to come back here, I'm sure they'll gladly see you coming there.
Everything you post is YOUR responsibility, there is a border everyone knows, and the moment you cross that you are out of here.

Reposts
There is a search box for a reason. Use it.

Hacking
Because we're a hacking community, I want to elaborate a bit on this. We encourage you to be curious and to poke a stick into anything that looks like it might move.
There's some guidelines we would like give you to make sure this stays fun for everyone.

Challenges:
Challenges might be well documented, or hints might be hidden in the challenge to help you look in the right direction.
If you are stuck, don't proceed to unorthodox method (like bruteforcing where it's the challenge to perform an SQL Injection).
This generates unnecessary traffic and is very much frowned upon by the people who maintain the server, for obvious reasons.

There's no shame in asking for help on IRC or in the forums, don't expect a fully prepped and pre-chewed answer.

Solutions and writeups
Posts about challenges are currently not allowed as they might invoke someone sharing a flag or giving too much information. Sharing flags is STRICTLY forbidden and will result in a ban.
The challenges are designed in a way that with some research and some reading, the subtle tips that are in there should be enough.
If you solve them like this without using other people's writeups, you will develop a better analytical skill when it comes to computers, you'll actually learn something.

Points are a fun measurement, but if you haven't earned them yourself, this will become very obvious to a lot of people, very fast.

We can never stop you from posting writeups on other platforms, we can only ask you nicely to appreciate the hard work we've put in writing vulnerable applications in order to keep things fun for you!

The platform
Even when it comes to the platform, we encourage you to try and find security holes that we've missed.
Should you find one we only ask you to notify us.
Non-compromising bugs can be freely reported in the respective forum board.
For bugs that might involve data leaks, please contact Fitz or Simmons in a private conversation on IRC.
If you do not have permission to start a private conversation, you can request it or send an e-mail.

You will be given credit for any type of bug you find, and we will contact you to see if you are interested in joining us in the place where the hamsters run the wheels to keep things going.

TL;DR
No seriously, read these.
Use some common sense and there will be no problem.

These rules can change, some might be added, modified or removed based on the communities input or problems we encounter.
Should this be a change people might feel through the community, we will ask your opinion before implementing the rule.

Again, these rules are open for discussion.

And the most important rule of all
Happy hacking! :)
« Last Edit: September 02, 2016, 05:54:12 PM by Fitz »